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February 17, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Laredo and Washington: party on!

Patriotic pumpkins (© image, all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

“Yes, this land is your land. This land is my land. The land we sprouted from. The land that nourished us.”   (© image)

No one does birthday celebrations like Laredo.

(Although it looks like our squash squatters are hoping a little patriotic participation might be enough to save them from de-porch-ation.)

George Washington’s Birthday is a month long celebration in Laredo, Texas.

(I know. Everything’s bigger in Texas ….but they’ve been doing this for 114 years. Really) 

“Many people basically say, ‘Laredo, Texas? George Washington?'” said Javier Cabello. “We’re here. We’re part of the United States. We’re honored to be citizens of this great country. We’re blessed to have a culture that is a mix of both American and Mexican heritage. It’s a great honor and privilege to be part of these festivities.” Read more here.  

The extravaganza started in 1898 is one of the oldest in the country and attracts over 400,000 visitors each year for the parades, Mardi Gras-type by invitation only parties,  a carnival, an air show, and reenactments of historic events celebrating everyone’s culture including Native American. Additional article (Official Laredo site) about the how the holiday embracing the best of all the local heritages evolved.

Washington would probably be surprised. He’s greatly revered there – even south of the border into Mexico – as many point to him as the forerunner of Mexican liberators.

Two patriotic pumpkins on Presidents' Day (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, No permissions granted)

We’ve grown accustomed to their pace. They can really roll with a heartfelt rendition of “This is My Country”. Must stem from core feelings. (© image)

Gourd inspired.

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than to be crowded on a velvet cushion” (Henry David Thoreau)

“I had rather be on my farm than emperor of the world” (George Washington)

“The greatest service which can be rendered to any country is to add a useful plant to its’ culture” (Thomas Jefferson)

“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” (Abraham Lincoln)

Thoughts harvested for Presidents’ Day.

Not mushy at all.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

What’s with the pumpkins that will not die here, or here, and here. Alien veggie invaders, little doubt. Sigh. Meaning of diversity broadens.





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  1. easyweimaraner / Feb 17 2020 6:46 am

    we agree… rather happy and alone on my farm than to rule this crazy world LOL

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 17 2020 6:59 am

      “I am entirely a farmer, soul and body, never scarcely admitting a sentiment on any other subject.” (Thomas Jefferson)
      A little piece of land offers peace amid the chaos and nuttiness. Paws up for pastures and woods! Thanks for scrambling down this trail


  2. shoreacres / Feb 17 2020 7:08 am

    I had no idea that, were I to visit the streets of Laredo, I’d find this kind of celebration. Surely someone has done a parody of the old song to fit the occasion! Tell the pumpkins I appreciate the earworm!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 17 2020 7:18 am

      Commiserating- have found myself humming that song since last night…and wondering if schools still teach ones like that and “Red River Valley” any more – heritage songs.
      One of my SIL did go to the Laredo celebration a few years back – totally amazed at the enthusiasm by all.
      Happy Presidents’ Day…may the clouds soon part – a minute of sun. My kingdom ( such as it is) for a minute of sun HAHA

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Feb 17 2020 7:33 am

    Wow! Celebrating a president? I thought this was a sales extravaganza!


  4. Curt Mekemson / Feb 17 2020 9:16 am

    I’m right there with Thoreau on the pumpkin, but I prefer my Therm-a-rest backpacking chair. Those stems can get a little uncomfortable. (grin) –Curt

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Spinster / Feb 17 2020 8:04 pm

    Very interesting piece of history; never knew this. Thanks for sharing.


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